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Orbit Community Heroes

Orbit Community Heroes

The Thriving Communities Awards are all about recognising great achievements in delivering our aim to build thriving communities. Despite the challenging circumstances that we currently find ourselves in, we wanted to continue to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our communities and the people that make a difference. Therefore, we adapted this year’s Thriving Communities Awards to take place digitally.

Over 2,800 votes were cast for our finalists, with the chance to recognise the achievements of a customer, community group or known supply chain partner being placed in YOUR hands.

The winners for each category were announced on Friday 14 August, and we visited them to present their awards – whilst socially distancing, of course. Take a look at our Thriving Communities Awards 2020 film below to see our nominators handing over the prizes to our deserving winners:

You can view a selection of videos about our 2020 Thriving Communities Awards by clicking here. Get to know our winners, hear their inspiring stories, and learn about how Orbit's support has made a difference to their lives.

This year’s award categories were as follows:

Brian Griffiths' Award


Nina Starr 

Highly Commended

Tracey Stroud, Samantha Huckle, Jane Smith*, and Cassandra

This category is for customers who have transformed their lives and exceeded all expectations - we have been truly inspired by all of the entries. Finalists were in with the chance to win up to £1,000 - this funding can support learning experiences, self-employment planning and other personal or business development opportunities.

Better Days Award


Geoff, Pathways Care Farm

Highly Commended

Becky, Rubbish Friends, Rhonda Kyte, Wendy Waters, and Malcolm Corble

We received a number of incredibly inspiring entries this year, as one would expect, as this category recognises a community group or individual, who has shown outstanding passion and enthusiasm, through development of local services that have supported Orbit customers to thrive. Nominated customers and community groups were in with the chance to win up to £1,000 – this funding can support continuation of the positive work going on in the community. 

Stronger Together Award


Ethstat Ethical Stationery CIC

Highly Commended

Bell Group, Birmingham

This is the second year we have run this award, recognising a supply chain partner who has delivered a community project that has made an impact on both an Orbit community and the lives of customers living within it. Our partners were in with the chance to win up to £1,000, a deluxe hamper for the winning team, and the prestige of being our supply chain partner of the year!

Lockdown Heroes Award


Wendy Waters

Highly Commended

Rhonda Kyte and Nina Starr

During these exceptional times, at Orbit we have recognised that there are some exceptional people within our communities who have taken the opportunity to help those around them throughout the coronavirus crisis.  As such, in this year’s event we decided to include an additional category, for which the winner was chosen by our own internal panel of judges. This award recognises their achievements and shines a light on how they have helped their communities during these extraordinary times. 

*character name to protect identity 

If you have any questions, please email betterdays@orbit.org.uk